What we’re reading: The Idea Factory05th December, 2018
Interesting read about one of the most prolific innovation hubs of the past century and background behind the invention and development of the point-contact transistor which forms the building blocks for pretty much every electronics device we use today and the formation of silicon valley. The inventors, who worked at Bell Labs, won the 1956 Nobel Prize for physics.External Link: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/193465/the-idea-factory/9780143122791.html
What we’re reading: Bad Blood24th September, 2018
Fascinating insight into Theranos from the investigative journalist who broke the story.
“In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.”External Link: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/549478/bad-blood-by-john-carreyrou/9781524731656/